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Favourites come to life.

Byline: By Poppy Brady

SPOT the Dog, Mokee Joe, Mr Gum and other children's favourite book characters came to life at the Lord Mayor's Book Bash, which celebrated ten years of the Young Readers event in Birmingham.

Budding bookworms braved the rain to explore six marquees packed with all things literary at the bash held in Edgbaston's Cannon Hill Park.

It was the flagship event of the fortnight-long festival, which had youngsters spellbound by popular book characters who came to life.

Mum Sandra Collins, from Kings Heath, who took along her four-year-old daughter Rachel, said: "It's a brilliant event because it has enabled her to meet some of her favourite characters."

Meanwhile school pals Ashley March, William Fox and Matija Novovic, aged ten, and all from Quinton, met up with swashbuckling pirate Marc Dominic from the Wizards of Wonder.

Little Zeba Manji took time out from reading to have her face painted before going back to one of her favourites - Spot the Dog.


A HAA!... pirate Marc Domonic with (from left) Ashley Marsh, William Fox and Matija Novovic. Photo ref: TR250508BOOK-7; LITTLE AND LARGE... Katherina Hall, 7, from Hodge Hill, meets giants Simon Henson (left) and Tim James from The Street Walkers at the Lord Mayor's Book Bash. Pictures: Trevor Roberts Photo ref: TR250508BOOK-6
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 26, 2008
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